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Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018
Alouettes no match for the Knights
by Randy Pascal

The St Mary's Knights looked impressive in registering three straight victories in round robin play at the 2017 NOSSA "AAA" Boys Hockey Championship in Sudbury this week.

Come the Tuesday night final against the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, the Sault Ste Marie city champs looked even better.

Recording their third lopsided win in four games, the Knights crushed the number one team in Sudbury 8-0, as Darrell Baker paced a very balanced St Mary's attack with a two goal effort.

Jonathan Hammond, Lucas Stefano, Matthew Capiscolto, Daniel Cicchini, Austin Rowe and Joshua Mannarino added one goal apiece, with Travis Johnson recording the shutout.

Captain of the Sault side, Rowe was named both game and tournament MVP, while CND game honours went to defenceman Alex Paquette. The Knights cruised through day one play, blasting the Confederation Chargers 8-2 followed by a 10-1 thumping of the Algonquin Barons from North Bay.

Still, a 5-3 St Mary's win Tuesday morning over Notre-Dame provided some sense of hope that the gold medal affair might remain competitive. Capiscolto scored twice in helping his team to a third straight win, with Hammond, Baker and Daniel Mills also in on the action.

Justin Karcz, Eric Lefebvre and Joel Grandbois countered for Notre-Dame, who knocked off Algonquin 5-1 on Monday morning and played to a 2-2 draw with Confederation later that evening.

Alouettes' Ryan Drolet and Grandbois traded tallies with the Confederation duo of Brendan Rex and Kyle Preseau. Both latter players were back in the mix in the Chargers' finale, a 5-0 whitewashing of the Barons.

Rex (2), Mason Blinn, Preseau and Tyler Sutherland took care of the offense, with Josh Kneblewski earning the shutout and Hunter Busch walking off with Game MVP accolades.

St Mary's will travel to Mississauga, site of the OFSAA "AAA" Boys Hockey Championship, from March 21st to the 24th.

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